I don't know if any of you read my blog or not but I just wanted to let you know that I and most other Americans do not hate you.
I know there has some bad blood in the past between you, the Iranian people, and us, the citizens of the USA. But when you stop and think about it, it wasn't us who overthrew your government and installed the Shah and kept him in power all those years, it was the idiots who run our government. And when I stop and think about it, your taking our citizens hostage during the first years of your revolution was a bad thing to do but it was not wholly unexpected, after all you had been tortured and stepped on by the Shah who we kept in power so we could steal your oil.I'm not crazy about how you treat women in your country but I'm also not crazy about how we treat African Americans, Native Americans, and Hispanic Americans in my own country. I also don't care for the fact that your country is run by religious whackos but for the past 6 years mine has been as well, or at least by men and women who pretend to be Christian but who really make a mockery of who Jesus was and of the religions they claim to believe in.
You have a long history and there is much to be proud of on your part my Iranian brothers and sisters. You produced great works of art, poetry, and fine people like the Iranian guy who I went to college with Abdul Ameri. I'm also happy that these fine Iranians are still around with us today:
Writer and illustrator Marjane Satrapi who wrote and illustrated this modern classic:
I can't wait to see the film adaptation that is coming out later this year. Thank goodness my local library got both volumes of Persepolis. To make up for not buying your graphic novels Ms. Satrapi, I shall buy the DVD of your film when it comes out because it will probably one which I will watch over and over again.
I'm also glad we have these other Iranian women:
Actress Shohreh Agohdashloo, I still like her even though she did play a role on that torture porn fest known as 24. Is it just me or does anyone else think she could be Laura Kightlinger's mother?
And I am definitely gald that half Iranian Christiane Amanpour is with us.